Saturday, February 28, 2009
Collector Profile,Richard Schimmelpfeng
My Background: I’m a Midwesterner, from the Chicago area. I attended Lake Forest College and the University of Illinois and then took a M.S. degree in Library Science from Columbia University. I worked at Washington University in St. Louis for ten years, then came to the University of Connecticut in Storrs in 1965, where I started the Rare Books and Special Collections Dept. in the Library. I retired in 1992 and have since volunteered as a cataloger in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
How I Started Collecting Bookplates: I taught the history of printing and rare books in addition to my regular job and in 1971 realized what a delight bookplates are. I contacted Audrey Arellanes who was editor for the ASBCD and began my connection with bookplates. It was Audrey who got me to index the society publications. My first real collection of bookplates was acquired from Mary Alice Ercolini, whom I knew, and that led to exchanges and purchases from other collectors here and abroad. My collection now contains many many thousands of exlibris, mostly from the 1880’s to the present.
What I Collect: My collecting interests are primarily pictorial plates in all media, although I admire wood engraving and etching. The current bookplates created in color etchings from Eastern European artists are particularly admired and I collect the work of E.D. French, the Spenceleys, A.N. Macdonald, W.F. Hopson, Sherborn, and the later European artists Reuter, Reitsma Valenca, Vannuccini, Bulder, Estiarte and many many more. The work of Australian and New Zealand artists is another interest and I have a major collection them. I have a reference collection of more than 600 titles as well as periodicals. The arrangement of my bookplates is by artist.
In addition to exlibris I collect modern paperweights, books on calligraphy, examples of fine printing from private presses, books on fables, and the writings of Terry Pratchett.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Collector Profile John Titford /A Pair Of Hearts
Occupation : I am a professional genealogist * and writer who lives in Derbyshire, England.
A sound working knowledge of heraldry has helped me in my bookplate quest.
My wife Heather and I spend many happy hours around the kitchen table, using copies of Papworth's Ordinary and other printed, manuscript and Internet sources in an attempt to identify anonymous heraldic bookplates.
Collecting Interest : I am a passionate and enthusiastic collector of the bookplates of the
American designer E D French
and am always keen to add plates or related ephemera to my EDF collection.
Other artists of interest include Americans (J W Spenceley, S L Smith, A N MacDonald) and Brits (C W Sherborn, G W Eve).
* After John submitted his profile I asked him to add a brief description of the ways he can assist bookplate collectors. The following is his response:
I can help you Identify your mystery plates and compile biographies of their owners! I am happy to undertake consultancy work in matters concerning British heraldry and genealogy. Hourly charges are UK£40.00, and queries should be addressed to J.Titford@zen.co.uk
Please tell me all you know about each bookplate so far, and attach a scan of the plate(s) in question.
"Dear Mr. Lewis Jaffe,
Thank you kindly for your interest in our bookplate project. I am co-curating with Niki Litts of the Kinston Arts Center and Professor Sarah Faris (Virginia Commonwealth University).
We have about 15 artists committed at this time and are taking submissions in an ongoing process.
Thanks kindly for your interest! Any assistance you might offer would be most appreciated.
- Charles Philip Brooks
Call to Artists / Printmakers / Works on Paper - "Ex Libris" Collaboration This is an ongoing call for printmakers and artists who make drawings or other works on paper!
A Collaborative exhibition of Ex Libris - (bookplate designs). This exhibition will be collaborative - with artists paying their own shipping and framing costs. We do have several venues expressing interest in hosting, including the Kinston Art Center in North Carolina. In addition, we are planning to document this exhibition in catalogue form. All styles and printmaking techniques will be considered - Although we do confess a preference for woodcut, linocut, etching, drawing and various traditional printmaking techniques.
Please feel free to get in touch if interested - Designs may be sent to: "A Gray Day Fine Art"- re: Ex Libris 122 North Church Street Rocky Mount, NC 27804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Collector Profile Rima Brickus/ A Bunch of Smiths
Interests: I have a master's degree in Library Science, but most of my professional career was spent as an owner/broker of a successful real estate firm specializing in the sale of Victorian houses. I am interested in people, books, art, and architecture. I am drawn to bookplates because they are the perfect combination of fine graphic art and “people stories”.
My First Bookplate: I bought my first bookplate from Tom Boss many years ago at an international art show in Boston. It was engraved by Sidney Lawton Smith for Isabel and Larz Anderson and depicted the Italian garden of their turn-of the century estate in Brookline, MA . As a child I had had free run of the 64-acre property which by then was a public park. The grounds included an abandoned mansion, the remnants of a magnificent Italian garden, Greek and Roman statuary, and a beautiful tempietto set on the bank of a man-made pond with a foot-bridge.
My Collection: Because of my heritage, I have a good collection of modern Lithuanian bookplates, but my preference now is for early American bookplates. I am partial to the work of E.D. French, Sidney Lawton Smith and A.N. Macdonald. My goal is to complete my E.D. French collection and to acquire more 18th century American bookplates.
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Saturday, February 07, 2009
Collector Profile,Nina Allen/More Punning Bookplates
Occupation: I teach American literature at Suffolk University in Boston, and so it’s no surprise that both of my personal bookplates reference literary works. The one shown here is a wood engraving designed by Andy English. The quote, “All goes onward and outward,” is from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.” One day I may write an article about the slouch hat in American literature, but in the meantime I’ve put the hat in my bookplate because it became Whitman’s signature piece from the moment Samuel Hollyer engraved his portrait for the frontis of the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855). Hollyer also designed and engraved numerous bookplates, several of which are in my collection.
Collecting Interests: My collecting interests are pretty much all over the map. One of my favorite bookplates is a 1925 wood engraving designed by the New Zealand printmaker Stephen Champ for Jane Mander, who was a New Zealand novelist.
More Punning Bookplates-Since I wrote about punning bookplates several weeks ago, a few more have been unearthed.
Dr. A.W. Clark uses a distinctive cipher which is hidden in the cliff on the punning plate for Helen and George Beach.
The Steele plate was done by Fred Thompson
I do not know who did the Weed plate.Personally, I like Thistles and have never thought of them as weeds.
The Muriel Clark Corby plate was done by John Berryman
Plate For Austin Jenkins Lily
The George F. Baer plate was done by Will Jordan
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